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Former CCHS golfer sets OIT season scoring record, earning regional and national honors

Mason TibbsFormer Crook County High School golfing standout Mayson Tibbs had a nearly flawless collegiate season this spring.

Tibbs, who will be a junior at Oregon Institute of Technology next year, not only set a number of school records, but finished the season as an All-American.

"I have more confidence in myself this year and I have been making more putts this year," Tibbs said of his success. "I'm a little bit more comfortable on the greens and putting the ball in play more off the tee and I'm getting a lot of distance this year. Playing against some of these other guys, I'm hitting past them on the tee by quite a ways and that really benefits me."

Among Tibbs accomplishments was setting a new OIT season scoring average record. Tibbs averaged an impressive 71.4 strokes per round, or just under par.

He also tied a record for the tournament's low round at Terra Lago, in Palm Springs, California, firing a seven-under-par 65.

In addition, Tibbs won three regular season tournaments, taking first at the Pacific Coast Highway Invitational, the Desert Intercollegiate Invite and the Corban Spring Invitational.

OIT competes in the Cascade Collegiate Conference, which competes under the umbrella of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, or NAIA.

Tibbs finished the regular season ranked 16th nationally in scoring average.

Tibbs was named to the NAIA PING all West Regional team and was selected to the coaches All-American second team, and the NAIA PING All-American third team.

He fired a three-under-par 213 at the three-day Cascade Conference Championship, finishing in third place and qualifying for the national tournament.

Tibbs placed 33rd in the NAIA Men's Golf National Championships, which was held at Las Sendas Golf Club in Mesa, Arizona.

"Nationals played super tough, so I'm not upset about that," Tibbs said. "Obviously, it's a bigger tournament, so I wanted to play better, but the first couple of days were super tough when it came to conditions. The wind picked up really bad. The first day we teed off in the afternoon on the windy day and then the second day we were in the morning when it was also windy. So we kind of got unlucky with the tee times. The last day, the weather got better so that kind of allowed me to put a good round together."

He finished the national tournament with a flourish, posting a one-under-par 71 on the final day of the event as he moved up from 43rd place.

His four-day total of 298 put him at 14 over par for the tournament.

The Owls placed third at regionals as a team this past season. With three returners off of that team, Tibbs hopes that the team will be able to play well enough to qualify for the national tournament. However, it is individually where he has the biggest goals.

"I've seen the competition, and I know I'm right there," he said. "I've played with some of those guys throughout the year so I know I'm right there. It's just a matter of if I'm playing well or not at the time, but I think I can compete for first. I think I could win it."

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